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morning's news as fox 5 news continues now. >> you see reagan national airport at 6:00 on this tuesday morning, february 8th. some of the wet stuff moving out. mild temperatures still out there though. thank you for waking up with us. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. glad to have you with us this morning. temperatures not bad. a little wet out there. going to be windy too. >> wet conditions because of rain we saw overnight. it is not raining now. it is still a little misty out there and damp so we'll deal with that during the course of the morning. the wind moving in. let's start with hd radar. we'll show you the precip as it moves out of the area. what the radar does not capture is any dampness, mist, moisture in the air. maybe a little bit of that. i do want to show you, look at the line out to the west of course that blue line, that is your cold front. that is coming through. it will be coming through during the course of the next several hours. and you will know it because temperatures are going to start falling. in fact, that is already beginning to happen and the winds will pick up rather dramatically.
all right. let's take a look at the temperatures across the region. we are primarily in the 30s. 39-degree right now in washington. 37 out in manassas. annapolis is at 39 degrees. frederick, maryland, 37 degrees. fredericksburg, 38 degrees and salisbury, it is 43. so a bit warmer off to the east and it will be for a couple of hours. now, wind advisory goes into effect later on this morning. pretty much for the entire area. winds could gust up to 40 to 50 miles per hour, particularly out to the west. here in the district, don't be shocked if you have a 35, 40, 45-mile per hour wind gust later today. your forecast, we'll see gradually increasing sunshine. temperatures holding steady and then falling during the course of the day. that is the latest. more on the forecast coming up in just a little bit. >> thank you. let's check in with julie and get a look at what is happening out on the roads. >> good morning. so far, so good. no incidents to report along the top stretch of the beltway.
however, we are seeing some fire equipment heading to the scene 270 near old georgetown road checking for a vehicle fire there. keep your eyes peeled if you are traveling along 270 at old georgetown road. 270 itself in good shape. no incidents to report coming southbound leaving germantown. northbound traffic looks good leaving 355 headed back north up towards montrose road. on the other side of town, lanes are open 395 here at duke street as you travel in the hovs and the main line headed up to the 14th street bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. some of the top stories that wear following include the feds cracking down on a popular restaurant chain. customs agents are now inpecking the chipotle franchises all over the country checking the imgracious status of their workers. targets in this area include locations in d.c. and virginia where about 60 restaurants have been affected. >> we knew for a long time that you have alet of illegal aliens work at chipotle and other fast
food, other restaurants and other businesses. and for the longest time, the federal government just turned a blind eye. >> you are targeting people would work in the mainstream, folk who pay their taxes, more than likely are respecting the laws of the land and want to earn their way to citizenship. >> the crackdown comes morn a year after customs agents inspected chains some minnesota that resulted in the dismissals of works whose documents were not verified. the alleged latino brothel busted in northwest washington may be linked to an organized human trafficking group. d.c. police rounded up three suspected pimps, 14 suspected johns and two accused prostitutes. authorities think the alleged pimps may have brought the women to d.c. from new york. investigators say the two alleged prostitutes told them they are originally from the dominican republic. they are now cooperating with authorities. after a moble apology, pepco is still defending its
storm response. -- after a public apology, pepco is still defending its storm response. members of montgomery county council told pepco their customer are fed up with the lack of reliability. some are suggesting the county should dump pepco and replace it with a municipal owned facility. >> what would you do, how long would it take you not to get to average, but to the top quartile. this community does not expect average in anything. >> pepco says it is aggressively trimming trees. it also says about half of the people would lost power -- who lost power in the storm last summer did not lose power in the most recent storm. the house economic matters committee wants to know what went wrong during last month's storm. the public hearing set for 2:30 this afternoon in annapolis. federal employees from across the country will march in washington today calling for solutions to the deficit problems in the u.s. last fall,
president obama announceed a two-year pay freeze for federal workers. today's demonstration will have workers we taking the federal oath of office and they will deliver pet i gos to lawmaker inside the russell building. the march begins at 10:0 this morning along new jersey avenue in -- at 10: 30 this morning along new jersey avenue in d.c. want to turn our attention to the developing story we are watching in egypt. from this live look, you can see the nearly 10,000 protesters are out again in cairo's tahrir square. today, they gun a third week of demonstrations calling on president hosni mubarak to get out. the vice president has met with opposition leaders and the president himself raised pay for government employees by 15%. the white house says those moves show the reforms are beginning but the protests are continuing and the protesters are not budging. looks like you will have to get new world maps. there is a new country minister world. southern sudan voted
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more uproar over the lockerbie bomber's release. a review of the case shows britain apt last government did everything it could to help the bomber get released. four u.s. senators are pressuring the current british government to open an independent inquiry. he was freed in august of 2009 supposedly for humanitarian reasons. the documents also show the british kept secretary of state hillary clinton in the dark
ahead of the decision to free him. jewel an assange is due back in a london court for a second straight day fighting extradition to sweden on rape charges. yesterday, his lawyers argued that he couldened up in guantanamo bay or even on death row, an argument the british call ridiculous. >> we have been in a condition with where a back box has been applied to my wife life and on the outside of that black box has been written the word rape. that box is now, thanks to an open court process, being opened. >> assange is under investigation in the u.s. for publishing thousands of secret government documents. his lawyers say the swedish prosecution is linked to the lesions and politically motivated. mark zuckerberg dealing
with a stalker. he claims 391-year-old threatened himself, his sister and his girlfriend. he allegedly went to facebook offs and suckerberg's home looking for him. a judge has issued a restraining order pending a hearing later this movement. the icc finally becoming a reality now. the first stretch of the new road will be available for drivers soon. more on that after the break. the cost of bad driving. imagine if you had to keep paying for a speeding ticket over and over. mine out why it could soon rning news continues.
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thing about this. 7% humidity. that is your wind out of the northwest at 14 miles per hour. now, 39 degrees here. temperatures in the 30s elsewhere across the region. speaking of your winds, let's take a look at the latest wind gusts in washington. we've had a 21-mile per hour wind gust during the last 30 minutes or so. they are updating as we speak. 4miles per hour at annapolis. 28 at dulles. this is giving us a wind chill temperature right now of 31 degrees in the district. so it is knocking about eight degrees off the temperature. wind will be the story today. i want to show you our future wind forecast for today. something new to show you. during the course of the day, this is showing you when we expect to see maximum wind gusts. this afternoon of course winds will be gusting up to 20, 25, maybe 30 miles per hour. by late afternoon into the
evening, you see the purple color there, winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour or more across this region. that is why we have the wind advisory in effect for today. it goes into effect here in washington at 11:00 this morning. there is your national map. fairly active out in the make's midsection. got some snow in the central lanes. we've got some snow in the northeast, mainly the interior portions. now, frontal boundary is coming through pushing the precipitation up to the north an east and it is also going to help scour these clouds out of here during the course of the morning and day. already see some breaks in the clouds and it is also going to usher in those colder temperatures. so the forecast for today, becoming mostly sunny, cold, windy, winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour. our high, we've seen it. 40degrees. that was and hour or so ago. now, we are at 39. we'll hold fairly steady and see our temperatures drop during the day. clear skies tonight, cold temperatures. into the lower 20s. some of you will be in the teens tonight. winds still gusting up to 30 miles per hour during the nighttime hours and then your
quick look at the five-day forecast. tomorrow, we'll see more clouds build in during the course of the day. cold, 38 for your high. maybe a couple of snow flurries wednesday night into thursday but that would be about it. partly sunny thursday and then we warm up as we head into the weekend. that is what is happening with the weather. now, here is julie wright with a look at traffic. >> starting off on the outer loop of the beltway, which is looking pretty good right now as you guys travel the outer loop leaving college park headed around towards georgia avenue. outer loop at 13 in tyson's had accident activity tying up the right side of the highway. traveling inbound along 66, busy commute shaping up at business 234 out of manassas. 395 northbound here at duke street slowing. 95 is congested leaving the print william parkway headed northbound towards the occoquan. heavy and steady right now as you commit to the bridge but no incidents have been reported. 295 still an easy ride for you
guys leaving boeing air force base. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. you can soon be forced to shell out a lot more cash if you are busted speeding in maryland. part of governor o'malley's budget proposal would make people with previous traffic vile rigs pay up. if you already have five points on your driver's license, you would be among those who pay $100 for each point over that five. some lawmaker point out that the proposed law would only impact a relatively small fraction of maryland drivers, about 14,000 people in the state who are a risk of causing accidents. the first stretch of the intercounty connector will open two weeks from today, february 22nd. the seven-mile stretch connects i-370 at shady grove and 95 in the olney area. after that, coles kick in. you will need an easy pass to pay the toll or you will get a toll note nice the pail that includes a $3 service charge. remember the sudden acceleration fiasco.
sudden acceleration among toyota vehicles prompted massive recalls and today, we'll learn more about what caused the problem. plus, plastic surgery trends. what they say about the economy. lauren similar netty with fox business network is live in new york with our business beat this morning. good morning to you. let's talk about toyota first of all and what this report will show and also profits for toyota down. >> yeah, profits for toyota down by 39% in its latest quarter but it is a mixed bag. the good news is this that proit raised its full-year prove i had for the year to $6 billion u.s. as for the
recalls, 11 million recalls by toyota worldwide six 2009 because of sticky gas pedals causing sudden acceleration and also the faulty floor mats kind of getting stuck. those are the issues and now the government will release the findings of its 10-month investigation into the reasons for that. we could very well expect the executives and the nasa engineers and everyone investigating the reasons for this to come up empty handed because, if you recall, a preliminary study several months ago didn't find any definitive reason for the sticky gas pedal so we are paying atech to that out later today. >> we always look at auto sales, home sales and how things are going with the retail industry for where the economy is headed. kind of an interesting twist on that is how the plastic surgery industry is doing. >> there were 13.1 million cosmetic procedures last year, an increase of 5% from the year before. so number one on the list is
breast augmentation. 29,000 americans got breast implants, i guess, last year and now the american society of plastic surgeons is saying, hey, it means that a nip and a tuck means the economy is back on track but you all have to remember that not only are people getting invasive surgery. also, minimally invasive procedures like laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, those are all counted in this big grand number and people are definitely doing more of those kind of minimally invasive things as well. >> okay. make them feel better, i guess. >> we'll have the author of liar's poker on cavuto. >> thank you. we'll see you tomorrow. coming up next,en an inside look at one the most high-
what do you have for us, mr. perkins in. >> i have your bus stop forecast for those of you getting ready for work or getting the kids ready for school, here what is you need to know. the skies will be partly sunny but cold and breezy with your temperatures in the upper 30s and some of you in the mid-30s this morning and the winds are blowing around out there. you want to be aware of that.
nothing frozen out there. we have no proposen precipitation overnight, no slick spots being reported or anything hike that in term of ice. right now, current conditions being reported at reagan national, our temperature now is 39 degrees. at dulles, it is 36 degrees and at bwi marshall, it is 39 degrees. your forecast for today becoming mostly sunny, cold but windy. winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour later on. a wind advisory is in effect. 40degrees, that is your morning high. this afternoon, temperatures will be in the 30s. our temperatures drop during the day today. coming up in about 15 minutes, today's edition of ask the weather guys. a fascinating question -- i'm not going on tell you what it is about yet. but it is a very cool question and tucker is going to we are it for us. >> is it weather-related? >> no. >> okay. >> going to make us wait. that's all right. only 15 minutes away. >> julie is here for us.
>> it is not weather-related and tucker is going to answer it? >> yes, julie. believe it or not. >> okay. all right. on the roads right now, we'll say good morning to the crew in sky fox. they are hovering above montgomery county checking out the ride along viers mill road west of randolph road there. that is where we had an incident this morning. still going to find some traffic able to get through under police direction. no significant backups to report as you travel along westbound viers mill road. one lane to the left getting by. we'll update the ride on the outer loop of the beltway as you travel down towards tyson's. that is where we had the wreck tying up the right side of the highway. no incidents to report right now for those continuing their commute into downtown. inbound suitland parkway looks good. south capital street headed up towards the freeway. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. our big story this morning, the immigration crackdown at a
popular past food chain. >> customs agents targeting chipotle. all of the workers must prove they are documented u.s. citizens. sarah simmons has the story this morning. >> reporter: the chains in minnesota, they went through the same thing last year and some of those chipotles had to let some of their workers go because they couldn't verify their immigration status. now, the immigration and customs enforcement agency is looking at other chipotles across the country including some they are taring thing here in the d.c. and virginia area. there are about 60 restaurants in this area they are looking into. a spokesperson for chipotle says that the restaurants in woodbridge and manas of them were notified this past couple of week. supporter of tough immigration laws feel they feel it is about time the feds stepped up here but others say this is really not the right approach. >> i think it will have a huge negative impact in the immigrant community. it will just send a message
that the government is not a friend so even on a local level, i think immigrants would be afraid to come forth with any information to public safety fills in -- officials in fear that they might be imprisoned. >> the federal government needs to send a strong message that you need to comely with federal immigration law. that means not only should immigrations and customs enforcement check the immigration status of these folks but for every single illegal alien, they have the ability to levy a $10,000 fine for each illegal employee. >> reporter: now, chipotle says they are cooperating here and they have already provided documents to the federal government. but they also are very quick to point out that there are thousands of companies that have all had similar requests so that the not just them. but they do characterize this as a very eye-opening experience and they say that they are already looking into the federal government databases to help verify the
status of all of the workers. we're live here in northwest, sarah simmons being back to you. >> thank you. a heated protest under way over the way that arizona interprets the 14th amendment. state senators debating whether to take away citizenship rights to babies born in the u.s. if both of their parents are illegal immigrants. opponents chanted in both english and spanish all the smaller group was on hand to support the bill. two american high school students were gunned down in mexico. those teens were shot to death in el paso, their bodies found just over the border. there were no witnesses and no motives. the city where they were found is one most dangerous cities in
the world because of fierce turn wars between drug cartels. in egypt the army is trying to open roads into the square but protesters are still blocking if. in the last couple weeks, the human right watch is reporting nearly 300 people were killed since the uprising began. that count is based on visits to hospitals in cairo, alexandria and the city of suez. men many of the protesters are hoping to hear from the google executive who was just released from 10 days behind bars. many credit him with sparking those protests. we are hearing from the fox news team attacked by hosni mubarak supporters last week. greg palkot and his cameraman had to be hospitalized because of hair injuries. >> the main street was a total war zone.
there was flames, live fire, i got grabbed and i thought that moment, i thought okay, i'm really now in trouble. and you know, it was immediately sort of four or five people grabbing hold of you. >> people are all over him within about 30 seconds. people are all over us and that is when our life or death struggle began. >> the two journalists say egyptian soldiers stood by watching the entire time and did nothing to help. president obama offered an olive branch to the business community over his economic policies. he addressed the u.s. chamber of commerce yesterday, a group sharply critical of the president's health care and financial reforms. he joked about trying to patch up their relationship saying it is possible because they both had to make difficult economic decisions on. >> on some issues like the recovery act, we found common cause. on other issues, we've had some pretty strong disagreements. but i'm he here today because i am convinced, as tom mentioned
in his introduction, that we can and we must work together. whatever differences we may have. >> the chamber of commerce spent million of dollars helping republicans regain control of the house in the midterm. defending the president, defining his positions, spinning the message, it is all part of the white house press secretary's job. four former press secretaries to the president shared their insights about the job. bob barnard has the story. >> we have said all along -- >> reporter: they are the president's mouthpiece. four former white house press secretaries met at gw to talk about their experiences. >> i would call it the best job i had and the hardest most burn out job i ever h. >> reporter: the forum, titled live from the white house,
making and shaping the news. >> are you trying to sent the right messages to right audiences and parse the situation as best you can. and sometimes you step too far over the line. >> reporter: moderated by former cnn white house correspondent frank sedno. >> when dee dee meyers stepped to the podium, there were about, according to a little rich we did, 50 active web sites. when dana perrino left the job. >> working for president bush, 43. >> there were about 20 billion web sites. my, how times have changed. >> and the easiest thing to do when you are the press secretary is to be sarcastic and to try to be funny. and the most important thing you can do, i think is to swallow that. >> reporter: ari fleischer explained why, when working for president bush, he sometimes wouldn't confirm that a terrorist had been captured. >> we didn't want anybody to know because we wanted his cell phone to ring again. we want the the satellite phone to ring again, to get another e-
mail so we could chase it back up the line. >> you can never consciously lie then that destroys the credibility, the trust that is elemental about serving the president and serving the press corps. >> reporter: mike mccurry had the job during a time of crippling personal scandal involving his boss, president clinton. >> i have people always ask me about the monica lewinsky thing but i remember the briefing about trying to get the food and drug administration to regulate nicotine as a drug and that was the -- technically the hardest briefing i ever did because it was a very complicated area and when you feel like you really nail something that is complicated and help explain it so people understand it, that is the most satisfying thing that you can have in the job. >> reporter: bob barnard, fox 5 news. all right. robert gibbs, a close personal advisor and press secretary to the prods leaving the job to join the president's re-
election team. jay carney will be taking over. california democrat jane harmon announcing she is resigning from the house of representatives. many pundits see this is another blow to the diminished ranks of the centerrist caucus. when we come back, we'll get an update on a story that made national headlines. a woman accused of trying to mail a puppy appears in court. still ahead on fox 5, why she says she put that dog in a box. thousands spent spending hours on the road going nowhere. what could be done? we'll talk about that and what happened during the last snowstorm.
headache. downed trees and major gridlock. >> member of the city council are assessing what went wrong and trying to figure out what they can do better in the future. karen gray houston has more. >> reporter: the region in chaos, motorists stuck in traffic jams running out of gas. abandoning vehicles. councilman tommy wells doesn't want that to ever happen again. >> what is our responsibility to the motorists that are stuck? >> reporter: stuck because of downed power lines and trees, non-working traffic lights. wells took top roosevelt bridge follow leader to task. >> did you ask mpd to help cover the intersections in downtown washington on the day of the snowfall during rush hour? >> no, we did not. >> should you have? >> at the critical intersections, yes. >> reporter: shouldn't there have been better coordination
with maryland and virginia. >> we do a lot of electronic communications. i think one of the things we'll do is a little more voice communications just to touch base, just to be sure that we're completely on the same page. >> did you call someone in the district of columbia and say we're shutting the buses down and we'll do it at such and touch time? >> reporter: the officials acknowledged the need for improvement and offer suggestions they are considering for next time. what could have been done to let people stranded in cars know they might be stuck there for hours. one suggestion for getting the word to motorists about just how long they might be stranded is to use something hike this a variable message board. then there is the matter of the worst case scenario. >> if there were a terrorist attack, we would call on other resources and buy that i mean other district government agency personnel. a number of folks are trained to help to respond. >> in the district, karen gray houston, fox 5 news. i was just thinking, are we
sort of headed away from all of that. it seems to me spring is ash the corner and maybe that kind of snow is out of here. >> maybe. >> march always scares me though. >> march, you always get a little freak storm system that comes through. tucker and i are looking at that now. we have some thoughts about that but we have to formulate to a little bit more. >> we might be getting close to the corner. >> that would be nice. >> right now, we are seeing our temperatures in the 30s. 39degrees at reagan national airport. 39 as well at quantico. in baltimore, it is 39 degrees. gaithersburg, 36. martinsburg, west virginia, 35 and winchester, it is 36 degrees right now. fredericksburg is 41 degrees. and there you go. now, let's pull this out and take a look at what is going on
across the eastern united states. new york city, 40. detroit, 12 degrees and that cold air is going to work its way in here during the course of the day today. so we're going to get that colder air moving in and we'll have that for you throughout the course of the day. having a little technical problem here, folks. sorry about that. we have the precipitation through the night that has pushed off to the the north and east. you see the clouds beginning to break up a little bit. we'll get some sunshine in here. as the wind pick up, that is when you will know the frontal boundary will be dry coming through. the wind will blow around quite a bit. we have a wind advisory that goes into effect at 11:00 a.m. winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour. we've seen our high temperature today, temperature remain fairly steady and drop off during the afternoon. tonight, it is cold, clear skies, # 2 degrees for your
overnight low -- 22 degrees 2 -- # 2 degrees for your overnight low -- 22 degrees for your overnight low. that is a oat what is happening with the weather. time now for ask the weather guys. the segment where tucker barnes and i put our big heads together to we are your most pressing questions weather- related or otherwise. today's question, fascinating question, come from thomas elliot in gainesboro, virginia. he writes, i have always wondered why there were red and white or sometimes red, white and blue poles at barber shops. thomas also pointed out that they even have them in some of the old western films so they must be manage from way back, he says. thomas, you are absolutely right. is this camera going to work. because if not, we'll have to bring tucker over here in do we
know what is going on? we don't know what is going on. >> tucker, you have to talk over this. we'll show some picture. this is too bad because tucker has been ill. he feels good today. he is ready and he is going to handle this one and we have no close-up camera. >> good morning. he said that he noticed in westerns that there were some barber poles. this dates way back to the middle ages, maybe before that. the original barber poles were erected in places like england and parts of europe and they symbolized way back in the day, when you wouldn't get your hair cut there, you might get your teeth extracted. you might need a little surgery. they would do it all in one way back and they would set up these poles. there is a lot of of theories and without going too john travolta, to medicine evil on you, it is very, what is the right word, a little gory.
>> it is a little gory. >> what would transpire in these places is a little gory. barbers, barbarians, i think there might be a direct link there with the word. they would would real simple surgeries and they didn't have the best of education on what might be taking place so some of those were rather gory. the bottom line is what they would do is they would take the bandages after these procedures, these sorningeries and they would hang them out the door and the blood would dry and so there would be white and red bandages that would hang out the door. and that got to be known as a barbershop where these barber surgeons would be. over time, the barber's pole evolved and they really took hold in the late 1800s and early 1900s and in its time,
there were manufacturers making thousands of them. they still make them today, only about 500. red, white and blue, a lot of theories where the blue came in. it might be the united states. this is the world's tallest pole, this is a 72-foot barber pole in forest grove, oregon. if you are ever out there, be sure to get your picture taken. >> or get your teeth extracted. >> they no longer extract teeth when they cut your hair. >> if you think about, it the old saturday fight live, steve martin used to do the bit, the barber of york. he would do hair and surgery which was quite -- >> i've had some botched haircuts. >> thank you, tucker. >> didn't need the bandages. >> thank you, thomas, for the question. if you have a question you want answered, go to myfoxdc.com and click on the weather tab.
>> i actually have an appointment to get my hair cut. >> have some minor surgery too. >> i might do that. plastic surgery is in. >> wait a minute. i thought the boys went to the barbershop because the free bootlegs of the dvds that are coming out. >> don't give away our secrets. >> sky fox with us check being out that trip in germantown. great seneca highway and middleburg road near the farmer's market and the outback steak house, that is where we have a lot of ice reported in the highway. we do. we can see it. if you are traveling inbound off of great seneca highway approaching middle brook road, you kill find the lane are open. we can get a better bird's eye view of what we're talking about here. this is traffic to the right side of your screen. that is taking you between 118 and 270. the land are open if you are
continuing to make your drive along -- the lanes are open if you are continuing to make your drive along the top stretch of the beltway. the latest on a story that made national headlines about a woman accused of trying to put a puppy in the mail. stacy champion told a minnesota hearing officer that the dog named guess was a birthday gift for her son in georgia. postal workers found the puppy in the box with a two-day priority sticker on it. there were holes in the box but they were covered with tape. the son of a judge in las vegas made his first court appearance. 29-year-old anthony carlio was not asked to enter a plea. police say he robbed the bellagio hotel and made off with one and a half million dollars in casino chips. he has since gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars. coleing up at 8 15rbg we'll talk live with the man from the d.c. area who helped police
make the arrest in that case -- coming up at 8:15. simon cole's upcoming show, expect factor and fox has revealed the winner will get a $5 million record deal. the x factor debuts this fall. awed i goes in los i goes in -- auditions in law begin in march. simon cowell will join us live in the #: -- in the 8:00 hour before the first commercial break. holly is learn about great dinner ideas you can make with your valentine. we'll check in with her live. the experts tell us the economy's moving again,
and wall street's handing out big bonuses. but millions of americans face a much colder reality. woman: the big drug store chain where i worked cut my hours, then laid me off. i had to sell my car to pay rent and buy heating oil. man: i got laid off. luckily i found a part-time job in a lumber yard. i had to take in boarders to make my mortgage. kennedy: millions are living in fear, afraid that they'll fall through the cracks -- unable to even stay warm. this recovery so far has left a lot of people behind. that's why citizens energy delivers heating oil to thousands of struggling families, thanks to the generosity of the venezuelan people and citgo, the only country and the only oil company to answer our call to help the needy. i'm joe kennedy. if you need help staying warm, give me a call at 1-877-joe-4-oil, because no one should be left out in the cold. when you can have pillsbury grands! flaky layers biscuits?
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so do you know what you are doing for your sweetie? the best way to anyone's heart is through their stomach so we have some fun stuff planned this morning as we are live at westward unique in howard county where we are spending the morning with al bau johnson. she was born in naples and raised in tuneeesha and -- tunisia and she has a cook book out and working on the second one by the way and this morning she is going to teach us how to do toppas for two. and not only are we cooking up toppas, but we're going to use ingredients that are supposed to be aphrodisiacs. so it should make your valentine's day especially and how to sign up for one of her classes yourself. >> thanks, holly. our facebook fan of the day
is buddy bowen from huntington, maryland. he started a campaign and got his wife to write in to be the fan of the day today and so it worked. to be the fan of the day, post a comment under this little guy's photo. allison is in joining steve for the next couple of hours. good morning. >> good morning, gurvir. the crackdown on illegal immigrants in the united states. now the crackdown is focusing on a popular fast food chain. we're live with the latest on why it's happening now. plus pepco has been named one of the worst utility companies in the nation and off -- and over the past few weeks customers would agree. now local lawmakers want to give customers more options and give pepco the boot. we'll talk about their plan coming up. and also ahead this morning, we are tracking the latest on the crisis in egypt. protestors are in the third week of